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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Emiliano Treré

Research Fellow

Emiliano Treré is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), and a Research Fellow within the COSMOS Center for Social Movements Studies based at the same institution. He was previously an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (Mexico), and a Research Fellow at Lakehead University (Canada). His research combines insights from practice theory, ecological approaches, mediation paradigms, and the sociology of culture and communication, in order to understand the multiple roles that communication plays within social movements. He has published extensively in top ranked international journals (such as New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Convergence, Comunicación y Sociedad, Global Media & Communication, Information, Communication & Society, the International Journal of Communication) and books on digital activism, alternative media and the challenges of digital technology for political communication. He is coeditor of “Social Media and Protest Identities” (Information, Communication & Society, 2015) and “Latin American Struggles & Digital Media Resistance” (International Journal of Communication, 2015). His book, provisionally titled Complexities of Contemporary Digital Activism: Social Movements and Political Parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, is forthcoming for the Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics.

Research interests: digital politics, media ecologies, Latin America, anti-austerity protests, and algoritmic resistance

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06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.